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Ben Riley's Monk Legacy

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz on November 7, 2006. Ben Riley is one of the most richly experienced drummers in jazz today. The Georgia-born drummer came up in Harlem during the second wave of bebop in the fifties, playing with Randy Weston and others. He was at Minton's with saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and anchored the saxophonist's two-tenor quintet with Johnny Griffin, but his true claim to fame came during his years with iconoclast ...

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Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront

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Pat Metheny Belfast Waterfront jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 14, 2017 “We've been trying to get a gig here for forty two years," Pat Metheny told the crowd at the Belfast Waterfront. Happily, the Missouri guitarist had at last found the city. It had been hidden out of sight all the time, on the far side of Ireland from America. He should have asked Charlie Haden or Ornette Coleman. His old sparring partners knew.

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Kostur: The Way of It

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Glenn Kostur, a woodwind specialist who can play anything from piccolo to bass saxophone, limits himself to tenor and baritone on The Way of It, a genial session recorded in June 2017 in Greeley, CO, on which Kostur enlists faculty members from the University of Northern Colorado as his back-up team. Kostur, who once toured and recorded with the legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, has a nice day gig of his own as director of Jazz Studies at ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981

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As Bob Dylan is pictured on the front cover of his latest archive release, Trouble No More, aviator shades glinting in the spotlight with his arms akimbo over the Fender guitar strapped over his shoulder, he doesn't appear all that much different than the wildly combative folk-rocker of the mid-Sixties on which much of his legend is founded. And, at least at a glance or a cursory listen to this archive release, he isn't, contrary to the (mis)impressions of his ...

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Charles Rumback: Tag Book

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One of this year's pleasant surprises has been the emergence of drummer Charles Rumback's trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim Baker. In fact, their debut, Threes, was so good that it immediately whetted the appetite for more. Who would have thought the wish would be fulfilled so soon? Tag Book is culled from the same live sessions at Constellation in Chicago as Threes and could be seen as the subdued sibling of its predecessor. It ...

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Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal: Hide Ye Idols

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Forward-thinking drummer Vinnie Sperrazza has proven to be an exceptionally creative and magnanimous bandleader; Hide Ye Idols expands well beyond the imaginative inroads made on Apocryphal, his impressive 2014 debut for Loyal Label. Conveying a distinctive group sound, the original lineup featured on his first album--alto saxophonist Loren Stillman, guitarist Brandon Seabrook, and bassist Eivind Opsvik--returns, now a touring unit with a namesake evoking its origins. Produced by Paris Monster's Geoff Kraly and mastered by Kneebody's Nate Wood, this modernistic ...

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Miroslav Tadic: Spavati, Mozda Sanjati

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With each new work, guitarist Miro Tadić shows that he is an artist that relentlessly pushes boundaries and defies any expectations. His discography demonstrates a masterful versatility, as he fearlessly and seamlessly transcends both geographies and music genres, all on one record--from Bach to Balkan improvisations and folk songs, from Satie to free improv music. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that his latest release, and first for Croatia Records, is yet another stylistic curveball.

IN PICTURES

Enrico Rava Tribe Quintet at the Folkclub

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Enrico Rava performed with his Tribe Quintet on the stage of the Folkclub in Turin, Italy, on a Saturday of a still warm October. In the intimate atmosphere of the venue, Rava offered an extraordinary performance with his band mates. His quintet features some of the best Italian musicians including Gianluca Petrella, Giovanni Guidi, Francesco Ponticelli, and Fabrizio Sferra a veteran drummer who has accompanied greats like Enrico Pieranunzi, Chet Baker, and Mal Waldron. The quintet performed original compositions for ...

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

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Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio Dazzle Denver, CO November 10, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for some time, not only in concert, but in the recording studio as well. Friday night at Dazzle, they played as one cohesive unit; a ...


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